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One University of Oregon football player released, two remain in hospital

EUGENE, Ore. -- Two Oregon Duck football players remain in good condition Tuesday night after they were hospitalized late last week. A third player was released Tuesday

The three student athletes were hospitalized at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend for an unconfirmed condition.

A report from the Oregonian said they were hospitalized after a “series of grueling strength and conditioning workouts.”

According to PeaceHealth, the players include offensive linemen Doug Brenner and Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick.

The University denied an interview Tuesday. However, they did issue the following statement:

“The safety and welfare of all of our student-athletes is paramount in all that we do. While we cannot comment on the health of our individual students, we have implemented modifications as we transition back into full training to prevent further occurrences."

The hospital has not said what cause the players to be admitted, but sources say their symptoms resemble rhabdomyolysis.

Dr. Thomas Peterson from Eugene Sports and Orthopedic Medical Center described the illness.

“If a person works out very intensely, the muscle tissue can actually break down. That will make the muscle swell,” Peterson said.

Peterson said another symptom is dark colored urine.

He said rhabdomyolysis is nearly impossible to get by working out alone. He said it usually happens if you are pushed in a group workout.

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